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Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham

The 13 August 2017 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ and plans are well underway for a series of commemorative events.

Commemorative plaque

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Example of a Lewisham Maroon plaque

The Mayor of Lewisham and Lewisham Council have kindly agreed to fund and install a Lewisham Maroon Plaque to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the ‘Battle of Lewisham’.

This plaque will be installed on the building at 314 New Cross Road, opposite Clifton Rise which was the location for much of the resistance to the NF march on the 13 August 1977.

We need your help to decide what the plaque should say!

Please visit our survey page and/or send us your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Commemorative events

From the 11-13 August 2017, a series of public events will be staged in around the New Cross and Lewisham area to commemorate the 40th anniversary. These events will culminate in the unveiling of the commemorative plaque on the afternoon of Sunday 13 August 2017.

Events being planned include:

  • An oral history project inviting local people to share their memories
  • An exhibition featuring photographs taken in and around New Cross in the 1970s and on the day of the ‘Battle of Lewisham’
  • Guided walks around the key locations in the ‘Battle of Lewisham’
  • The creation of a piece of unique public art to commemorate the anniversary
  • Spoken word and poetry workshops around the themes of community and resistance
  • A night of music and reflection on the culture and radicalism of the 1970s
  • A two-day symposium (in Sept 2017) to revisit and examine the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ and to debate the issues that underpinned it within a contemporary context

To keep up-to-date on planned events, please join our e-mail list to receive regular updates.

Other ideas?

If you have any other ideas for events that could be staged to commemorate the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ please contact us with your suggestions.

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